David Epstein is President of The Land Conservancy of New Jersey. Under his leadership the number of acres preserved and the types of resources protected have grown and The Conservancy…
Barbara Heskins Davis PP, AICP
Barbara Heskins Davis joined The Land Conservancy of New Jersey staff in 1999 and is currently Vice President of Programs. She leads our award-winning municipal services program, Partners for Greener…
Land Preservation Director Sandy Urgo joined The Land Conservancy of New Jersey staff in 2002 after spending the previous two decades pursuing her interests in open space preservation and sustainable…
Christi Kobus Rokicki
Christi Kobus Rokicki joined The Land Conservancy of New Jersey in 2012 as Development Director. Christi’s mission is to grow resources and revenue to support all of The Conservancy’s goals,…
Dennis Briede is Stewardship Manager for The Land Conservancy of New Jersey. Dennis oversees the stewardship management of all of the acres directly owned by The Conservancy, including the South…
The Land Conservancy of New Jersey first met Aaron Cela through our Internship Program. He joined our staff Land Team as a Land Preservation Specialist in 2011. As an LPS,…
Kenneth Fung joined The Land Conservancy of New Jersey as GIS Manager in 2007 and is responsible for our Aresty Mapping Center. Ken brings his extensive experience in mapping and…
Linda Gloshinski joined The Land Conservancy of New Jersey in December 2010 as a Land Preservation Specialist focused on working with local communities to protect their remaining open spaces for…
Lauren Krattiger is the Communications Manager at the Land Conservancy of New Jersey. She creates and oversees internal and external communications programs and designed the 2016 visual identity and website. Lauren brings over 10…
Yvonne LoGiudice is our Senior Land Preservation Associate at The Land Conservancy of New Jersey. Her responsibilities include submitting acquisition grants to Federal, State, and County government agencies, assisting the…
Barbara McCloskey joined The Land Conservancy of New Jersey in 2002 and, as our Membership and Outreach Manager, is responsible for all aspects of our ever-growing Membership Program. Barbara also…
Siobhan Noland is the Office Assistant at The Land Conservancy of New Jersey. Her responsibilities include general office management, assisting the President and Vice President of Programs, preparing for Board…
Board of Trustees
Chairman John F. Fritts, Esq. Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
Vice Chairman Rick Simon Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, Retired
Treasurer Andy Dietz Spectra Gases, Inc. Retired
Secretary Nancy P Conger Red Hook Management
Assistant Secretary Bruce Hyde Round Table Services LLC
Ex Officio Rory Corrigan Jefferies & Company, Retired
Sherri Albrecht URS Corp.
Jason Andris Venture Investments Assoc.
Jim Bistis Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Core Services
Albert E. Booth II RBC Wealth Management, Retired
John P. de Neufville Eutectix Corporation
Teresa Finlay, Founder of The Nickelodeon Fund
Dennis J. Krumholz, Esq. Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP
Marshall McLean US Trust
Peter Meyer Prof. Planning & Engineering
Dr. Grant Parr Cardiac Surgeon, Retired
Tracy Meerwarth Pester Consolidated Barings Inc
Catherine Pierson The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
C.P. Robinson Johnson & Johnson
Tom Scudese Investments
Carolyn Simpson, Teacher, Retired
John Yingling Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Retired
Sally R. Epstein
Robert F. Lewis
Sally B. Martin
Sherri Albrecht joined The Conservancy’s Board of Trustees in 2006 and is a resident of Rockaway Township. Sherri is a Senior Environmental Scientist for URS Corp and specializes in wetlands and permitting. She has an MA in Environmental Science and a BS in Biology. Sherri has been a volunteer and later treasurer with Tri-Boro Animal Welfare in Butler. She was also a volunteer and later board member with Brookview Wildlife Center, formerly of Boonton. She currently volunteers with the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife through the Wildlife Conservation Corps (WCC). Her main involvement as a WCC volunteer is with the Endangered and Non-game species program conducting amphibian crossing and vernal pool surveys. Sherri enjoys outdoor recreation activities, particularly kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and cross-country skiing. She also enjoys gardening and spending time with family and friends.
Jason Andris is the Managing Director of Venture Investment Associates, a manager of private equity funds of funds based in Peapack, NJ. Jason received an AB in history with a minor in economics from Hamilton College, and his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He is also a graduate of the Peck School and St. Paul’s School. Previously, Jason worked at Robertson Stephens and Co. and Global Vacation Group, Inc. He is a member of the board of trustees and treasurer of both The Land Conservancy of New Jersey and The Lamington Conservancy, the founder and chair of the Friends of Hamilton Crew, a Form Agent for St. Paul’s School, and has served on various committees in Bedminster Township, including the Planning Board.
Jim Bistis is the Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Core Services. Under his leadership, Core has been profitable every year since its inception. Jim is retiring from Core at the end of the year. Before founding Core, Jim held positions as a Software Developer and Management Consultant with Eisner LLP, a New York-based regional accounting and advisory firm. Jim received a B.S. from Moravian College with a major in Mathematics. Jim also serves on the Board of The Keswell School of New York City, a leading-edge school focused on autistic children achieving their potential. Additionally, Jim serves on the Board of The Atlantic Conservation Partnership. He resides in Harding Township, New Jersey, with his wife and two children.
Albert E. Booth II is a New England native who resided in Far Hills, NJ with his wife and two daughters for the past 30 years. At the age of 10 he joined the Appalachian Mountain Club and is now a Life Member. Albie was educated at Mt. Hermon School, where he remains active. He has been Vice Chair of a recent capital campaign, Chair of their Annual Fund and a member of the school’s Alumni Association Executive Committee. Albie graduated from BrownUniversity and spent four year in the US Air Force, leaving as a Captain. He was responsible for commercial aircraft services in the western half of the world. Albie attended HarvardBusinessSchool, graduating in 1970. He has spent the last 44 years in the financial services industry, including eight years at General Electric Capital where he was responsible for their strategic planning, marine financing and real estate financing activities. While running the Marine Financing Group, he financed ships for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and built up a portfolio of $1.5 billion of assets. In 1994, Albie became an Investment Advisor and joined Tucker Anthony in Morristown where he built a business managing investments for individuals. He is recently retired from RBC, the successor to Tucker Anthony in Florham Park.
Nancy P. Conger is a Certified Financial Planner and lives in Green Pond, NJ with her husband Bill. They have adult children and two granddaughters. She is President of Red Hook Management, LLC, Investment Advisors a firm specializing in wealth management for individuals, trusts and foundations. She has served on the Great Swamp Watershed Association board of trustees and the Green Pond Environmental Foundation. She is a 1967 graduate of Wheaton College, Norton MA and is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and also serves on the board’s investment committee. She is a trustee emeritus of Ursinus College. Nancy joined The Land Conservancy board in 2013.
Rory Corrigan is a long-time Morristown resident where he resides with his wife Deborah and three children. Rory is a graduate of the Lawrenceville School and Drew University where he received a B.A. in English in 1972. Rory worked at Jefferies & Company as Executive Vice President and Director of Institutional Equity Trading and Sales until his retirement in 2002. Rory currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Drew University, and has served on the Board of Trustees for The Land Conservancy of New Jersey since 2002
John P. de Neufville, Ph.D. is the President and founder of Voltaix, Inc., a manufacturer and international supplier of electronic gases based in North Branch, NJ. He started Voltaix, Inc. in 1986 to capture the market for an obscure gas, germane, GeH4, which is used in multi-junction solar cells based on “amorphous silicon” to improve efficiency by better converting the red and near infra-red portions of the solar spectrum into electricity. He has a Ph.D. in Applied Physics (specialty in Materials Science, Harvard, 1969), an M.S. (Harvard, 1965) and a B.S. (Yale, 1961) in geology, and is a self-taught chemist, who has worked on advanced batteries, phase change rewritable CD technology, catalysis, uranium exploration technology and semiconductor physics at Energy Conversion Devices in Troy, MI and Exxon’s Corporate Lab when it was in Linden, NJ. He was a Board Member of Planned Parenthood of Greater Northern New Jersey from 1994-1999, serving as Vice Chairperson in 1995 and Chairperson in 1998. He has been a trustee on the board at The Land Conservancy of New Jersey since 1995.
Andy Dietz was the Co-founder and CEO of Spectra Gases, Inc., a specialty gas company. Andy and his brother ran the company for 25 years until they sold it to Linde AG, a multinational engineering and industrial gases company. Andy attended Lafayette College and currently lives on a farm in Chester with his wife, Karen and their two children. He has been a Conservancy member since 2002 and joined our Board of Trustees in 2013.
Teresa Finlay has lived in Mendham with her husband and three sons since 1998, relocating from Manhattan. In 1999 she established a 501(c)(3), The Nickelodeon Fund, to raise funds, design and build a children’s playground in Mendham. The playground was recognized by the State of New Jersey for its design, which features play structures modeled after local historic sites. She served on the Board of Trustees of Schiff Natural Lands Trust for 8 years and chaired 3 of its major fundraising events. Teresa is Vice President of Friends of Pitney Farm, a non-profit committed to preservation of historic Pitney Farm in Mendham Township, and its repurpose for community uses. She has been active in her children’s various schools, including Peck School, Willow School, Hotchkiss and Peddie. She held a Series 7 and spent time at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette in Private Client Services. Prior to that, Teresa worked in Corporate Finance at the Fiat Group in New York. Teresa graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Art History and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in Finance. Teresa enjoys gardening, hiking, sailing, tennis, skiing and traveling to all corners of the earth. Her favorite place, however, is home, where her family enjoys fly fishing, cycling and appreciating the great outdoors.
John (Jack) F. Fritts is a partner in Cadwalader’s New York office. His principal practice areas are general corporate, securities and commercial matters. He handles corporate law issues for numerous companies, including establishment, management, financing, growth and restructuring. He is involved in the structuring, negotiation and documentation of complex transactions, including public and private financings, mergers, acquisitions, partnerships and start-ups, both nationally and globally. He is currently active on behalf of businesses ranging from biotechnology to the operation of public schools for profit to ocean-going transportation, and in the development of the firm’s Latin America practice. In the past several years he has handled the creation of a significant new media company, bought, sold and financed a number of companies and large quantities of gold, silver and other commodities, and represented the issuer in several IPOs. He represented Paraguay in the privatization of Yacyreta and the Argentine government in the privatization of Argentina’s airports and a major bank. He has recently represented Greek shipping interests in rescuing a Swedish public company from a hostile takeover attempt, he represents several public companies on a continuing basis, and he has recently been involved in going private transactions and MBO’s. Mr. Fritts earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his law degree from Harvard Law School. He has been a Trustee of The Land Conservancy of New Jersey since 2001.
Bruce Hyde is a 20 year resident of Chester where he resides with his wife Lee Ann and his two children and various other animals including horses, ducks, a dog and other wildlife. Bruce has been in the wealth advisory field for over 12 years and is currently a Wealth Manager for Round Table Services LLC in Westfield, NJ. He had previously worked for another wealth advisory firm in Manhattan for over 10 years. His career began in public accounting with Price Waterhouse in Morristown where he spent 8 years advising a broad range of corporate and individual clients before moving to AT&T and eventually Lucent Technologies where he worked in the Corporate Tax Planning group as Assistant Tax Director. Bruce is a graduate of Lafayette College where he earned his BA in Economics and Business and he later received a Masters in Taxation from Seton Hall University where he was elected Beta Gamma Sigma for high scholastic achievement. Bruce and his family have a passion for the outdoors including the beach and he is constantly tinkering with a project or two having to do with vintage muscle cars.
Dennis J. Krumholz joined the Board of The Land Conservancy in 2010. He is a partner in the Morristown office of Riker Danzig law firm, where he directs the firm’s environmental practice. Dennis’s practice emphasizes the remediation of contaminated sites and includes litigation, transactional and regulatory work. He is a former deputy attorney general for the State of New Jersey and past chair of the environmental law section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Dennis is named on the first tier of New Jersey environmental lawyers in Chambers USA’s annual attorney review, along with similar designations by Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers. He is former chair of INFORM, a non-profit environmental research organization based in New York City, and served as trustee and general counsel to the Community Theatre of Morristown. Dennis is a graduate of Oberlin College and Boston College Law School.
Peter Meyer founded PPE in 1977 and has been responsible for a broad range of educational, institutional, commercial, recreational, municipal and residential development throughout New Jersey. Mr. Meyer is former Chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee for the Consulting Engineers Council of New Jersey. He is former Secretary of the Montclair Environmental Advisory Committee and Professional Planner to the Green Township Planning Board. He has also served as a member of the Morris 2000 Land Use Planning/Open Space Committee and the Morristown Long term Facilities Planning Committee. He has lectured at New Jersey Institute of Technology and Columbia University. Mr. Meyer has been a Conservancy Trustee since 1997.
Marshall McLean is a Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor with U.S. Trust in New York. Prior to joining U.S. Trust, Marshall served as a corporate attorney. His previous firms include McCarter & English in Newark and Reed Smith in Princeton and Manhattan. Marshall earned his J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law and his B.A. from Bowdoin College, where he was captain of the lacrosse team. He is a member of the New York and New Jersey State Bars and holds Series 7 and 66 securities licenses.Active in the community, Marshall serves on a number of nonprofit boards including the Pingry School Alumni Association, the Newark Museum’s Business Counsel, the Clarence Dillon Public Library and the Somerset Hills Country Club. He is also board president for GRID Alternatives New York Tri-State, an organization that brings solar technologies to underserved communities throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Marshall and his wife live in Bernardsville, New Jersey, with their two children.
Dr. Grant Parr grew up in Essex Fells, NJ. He attended Wesleyan University where he graduated with honors in Physics. He received his MD from Cornell University Medical College. In 1978 he joined the faculty of Penn State University School of Medicine in Hershey. Dr. Parr subsequently became Chief of Cardiac Surgery and Acting Chair of Surgery at the Presbyterian-University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia. In 1988, Dr. Parr started the Cardiac Surgery Program at Morristown Medical Center. Under his guidance, this program grew rapidly to become the largest in New Jersey and the second largest in the New York Tri-State area. It has achieved national and international recognition, being ranked by the US News and World Report. Dr. Parr was instrumental in fund raising for and the design of the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at MMC. Grant and his wife Helen have owned their home at 75 Picatinny Road in Morris Township for 22 years. He is exceptionally proud of his two daughters – one is a Cardiac Anesthesiologist in Maryland where she lives with her husband and son, and the other is Senior Director Editorial Operations of Medscape, the professional side of WebMD and she lives in Hastings-on-Hudson NY with her husband and son. Grant is an avid fly-fisherman who has fished from the Arctic Circle in Russia and Alaska to Tierra del Fuego in Chile and New Zealand. His life-long love of fly fishing started his interest in conservation. Grant joined the board in 2014.
Tracy Meerwarth Pester joined the Board of Trustees in 2009. She graduated from Bucknell University and received her Masters in Cultural Anthropology in 2001. Tracy has published and co-edited several articles and books on organizational studies while working as a cultural anthropologist for General Motor’s Research and Development in Warren, Michigan. She is active member of the Junior League of Morristown and is the owner and a Corporate Director of Consolidated Bearings Co., Cedar Knolls, New Jersey. Tracy has been a long time resident of Harding and resides in town with her husband, Scott.
Catherine Pierson is an editor at The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, a monthly newspaper for corporate lawyers. She has worked as an English instructor for West Morris Mendham High School, teaching students absent with long-term illnesses, and has worked as a writing instructor at Penn State. She has served on several committees at Brookside Community Church, recently as chair of the trustees and on the building committee during a $1.2 million dollar expansion project. She also served on the Mendham Borough Board of Education for four years. She earned a dual bachelor’s degree in Economics and English at Goucher College and a master’s degree in English at Iowa State. She lives in Mendham with her family and enjoys hiking and cross-country skiing on the local trails. She is also an avid cyclist and amateur birder, and is looking forward to helping The Land Conservancy preserve the beautiful places in our state. Catherine Joined the Board of Trustees in 2014.
CP Robinson lives in Basking Ridge NJ, with his wife and three children. He has worked at Johnson & Johnson for 24 years, in Marketing, Media and Communications across the broad portfolio of brands. Recent assignments include leading the development of J&J’s Digital Marketing Training program, and creating J&J’s first global Social Business Platform to accelerate internal collaboration, innovation and best practice sharing. He has served on the Board of Frost Valley Camp, and in 2014 joined the Board of Trustees for the Land Conservancy of New Jersey. He is a graduate of SUNY ESF at Syracuse University. He enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, sailing and bicycling, particularly in the Lake Champlain/Adirondack region of NY State.
Tom Scudese has over 18 years of experience in the Capital Markets. He was an institutional trader/portfolio manager specializing in fixed income, and more recently has provided wealth management services for individuals, charities, and corporations. Tom graduated from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. He holds Series 7, 63, and 66 NASD registrations. Tom and his team joined UBS in 2012 from Merrill Lynch. Prior to that, he held senior positions at JP Morgan Securities and Brookfield Investment Management in New York City. Tom, his wife, Sarah, and son, Luke, live on their family farm in Long Valley, NJ with several slow, but lovable, Thoroughbred ex-racehorses.
Carolyn Simpson is originally from St. Louis, Carolyn came to New Jersey, by way of Northern Virginia, in 1992. She is a retired first grade teacher who has most recently been involved with tutoring at KIPP schools in Newark, Preschool Advantage and the Garden Club of Morristown. Carolyn is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and of American University. She and her husband, Tim, live in New Vernon and have three grown children. She enjoys tennis, photography, gardening and traveling. Carolyn is excited to join the board of The Land Conservancy and looks forward to preserving open space for all to enjoy.
Rick Simon is a Livingston resident where he resides with his wife Shelley. Their daughter Carrie, son-in-law Brad, and granddaughter Hallie live on the island of Manhattan, and their son David lives on the not-nearly-as-hectic island of Kauai in Hawaii. Rick is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island where he received a B.A. in Sociology in 1973. He worked at Chubb & Son as a Senior Vice President of Operations and Information Technology until his retirement in 2009. Rick has served on the Board of Trustees for The Land Conservancy of New Jersey since 2010.
John Yingling retired from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown in 2006. He was Dodge’s Chief Financial Officer, responsible for administrative and financial matters in support of the Foundation’s program activities. Prior to his 18 years at Dodge, John worked for 33 years for AT&T and its subsidiaries in the Bell System. He started in operations in Maryland in 1955. Later assignments included organization planning, business information systems planning, and corporate planning. After helping plan the 1984 divestiture, he retired as Director-External Relations in New Jersey in 1988. John is also a Trustee of the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum and a Trustee and Treasurer of the Lake Hopatcong Foundation. John holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale (1955), a Master of Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins (1967), and an M.B.A. from NYU (1977). He married Nancy Shrop in 1957. They have seven children and 14 grandchildren. John and Nancy have traveled widely, including China, India, and Antarctica. John has been a Trustee of The Land Conservancy of New Jersey since 2007.